Home truths: the UK’s most loved and hated home makeover ideas
PUBLISHED: 09:39 21 April 2016
Copyright: Alexandre Zveiger www.photobank.ch 6900 Lugano Switz
What are the best home improvements you can make if you are planning to impress property buyers? Adding a new kitchen or bathroom can add value to your property, but will your taste and ideas be top of a buyer’s wish list come time to sell?
Recent research into home makeovers by Anglian Home Improvements polled 2,000 homeowners, including those who are looking to move in the near future, to identify their most loved and loathed alterations.
Ranking top of the most favourable changes to a property were indoor-outdoor flow – ‘through’ features linking the home to the garden were most desirable among 58 per cent – closely followed by a separate dining room (56 per cent) and a home entertainment room (44 per cent).
However, pebble dashing (52 per cent), crazy paving (43 per cent) and coloured bathroom suites (42 per cent) featured in the top three most loathed homemakers’ installations.
This research shows some trends have more enduring appeal than others. Buyers may have less cash available to make alterations to their new home when they move in and it does mean that some features may be a deal breaker. While some home improvements may add value to a home – provided they are carried out safely and to a high standard – others could actually hinder a sale, and see sellers forking out for repairs if the work hasn’t been done correctly.
Sometimes, the most simple things can have a great impact visually, and can be achieved without having to spend a small fortune. Improvements that won’t break the bank include:
* Giving your home a mini-makeover with a simple coat of neutral coloured paint to freshen up walls and paintwork.
* Hiring a carpet-cleaning machine for the weekend and give your carpets a deep cleansing shampoo – it will make all the difference.
* Giving your kitchen cupboards and units a new look with replacement doors and handles, this is far cheaper than a complete kitchen overhaul.
* Replace the grouting around sinks and baths to give an instantly brighter, cleaner and more attractive look to bathrooms and cloakrooms.
* Making sure the doorbell and smoke alarms are in good working order and replace the batteries if necessary.
* Weather permitting, hiring or borrowing a pressure washer to make the patio gleam again.
Most loved home improvements
Indoor-outdoor flow - 58 per cent
Separate dining room - 56 per cent
TV/music/cinema room - 44 per cent
Wet room - 43 per cent
Decking - 40 per cent
Dressing room - 39 per cent
Open-plan living - 39 per cent
Gym/exercise area - 25 per cent
Coloured bathroom suite - 20 per cent
Crazy paving - 15 per cent
Most loathed home improvements
Pebble dashing - 52 per cent
Crazy paving - 42 per cent
Coloured bathroom suite - 42 per cent
Gym/exercise area - 26 per cent
Decking - 23 per cent
Open plan living - 22 per cent
Wet room - 16 per cent
TV/music/cinema room - 14 per cent
Dressing room - 11 per cent
Indoor/outdoor flow - 7 per cent
Separate dining room - 7 per cent